8 Community Justice Scotland
Community Justice Scotland will support statutory community justice partners, the third sector and others to work towards better outcomes for community justice.
The improvement actions in this strategy are ambitious and challenging. To successfully implement this change, local decision making must be combined with national leadership and support. Community Justice Scotland will play a critical role in providing that leadership and support.
It is a core principle of the new model for community justice that decisions for communities should be taken locally by those who understand their communities best. To support statutory community justice partners, the third sector and others in this approach, a new national body, Community Justice Scotland, will be established and will play a crucial role in the success of the new model.
Community Justice Scotland will be established in a shadow capacity from October 2016 and take on its full functions from 1 April 2017. It will provide leadership for the sector; offer opportunities for innovation, learning and development; and provide independent assurance on the delivery of improved outcomes and improvement support where required.
Community Justice Scotland will support statutory community justice partners, the third sector and others to work towards better outcomes for community justice. Partners can rely on Community Justice Scotland to provide information, advice and assistance in an open and transparent manner, on implementing the improvement actions effectively, as well as facilitating discussions with other partners who can share their experiences in tackling similar issues in their area.
In addition to supporting partners, Community Justice Scotland will have a key role in promoting the vision set out in this strategy. It will work with partners, stakeholders and communities to improve the understanding of community justice and the benefits it can bring while maintaining public protection. It will also work with partners, stakeholders and others to develop a strategic approach to commissioning; facilitate engagement with partners; and work to improve the evidence base.
Furthermore, the establishment of a Hub for innovation, learning and development, as part of Community Justice Scotland, will provide the workforce with greater profile and identity, as well as using evidence of what works to inform commissioning, good practice and partnership standards. One of the Hub's first tasks will be the creation of a strategy to provide a clearly defined vision for innovation, learning and development across community justice, and the role of the Hub and partners in achieving that vision.